Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Rage of Angels/Dreamworld cd review

Rage of Angels is the brainchild of original Ten keyboard player Ged Rylands,who played on their first three studio albums and the double live CD ‘Never Say Goodbye’. During his time in Ten, Ged took part in several very successful tours in Japan as well as playing on the highly …

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Reuben Archer’s Personal Sin.

Album of the year and it is only August? You betcha and I’d even put my house on it (even tho it is rented). Reuben Archer,currently handling lead vocals with Stampede has taken some time out to record a solo album called Personal Sin with fellow Stampede member,guitarist Rob Wolverson …

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Tarja – Colours in the dark

Finnish singer Tarja Turunen is back with her third rock/metal solo album – Colours in the dark.  Tarja is the Finnish classical singer who with Nightwish changed the female fronted metal scene dramatically.  No longer were female vocals limited to standard rock or metal styles (e.g. Doro or Girlschool), instead …

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Hibria – Silent Revenge

Hailing from Brazil, Hibria is a quintet that combines power and speed metal with elements of thrash. Like fellow Brazilian heavy metal acts there is a ferocious intensity in their music, but with Iuri Sanson’s melodic and high-pitched vocals there is also a serenity in the midst of the thunder-clap. …

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Panzerchrist – 7th Offensive

As the title suggests this is this Danish Death Metal band’s 7th album. Panzerchrist have been doing the rounds since 1993 and whilst not as prolific as some; their less is more approach when releasing albums works.  The band is a revolving door of musicians but has at one point …

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Annihilator – Feast

You have to admire the tenacity of Jeff Waters,lead guitarist and founder of Canadian thrash metal band Annihilator. He formed Annihilator in 1984 and although he will never reach the upper echelons of the so called Big 4 he has earned a lot of respect from fans and bands that …

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Witch Cross – Axe to the grind

  Witch Cross is a Danish classic heavy metal band. Formed in 1979, their sound is sometimes like early Heavy Load. It’s good old school heavy metal. One highlight on “Axe To The Grind” is their new singer Kevin Moore. He is maybe the biggest factor that they sound like …

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Watain – The Wild Hunt

Finally! The Swedish black metal formation Watain is back with a new album after three hard years of waiting. Firstly, for who expect this album is going back to their old style, This is not the case. “The Wild Hunt” lifts off from where “The Lawless Darkness” ended. Their new creation is …

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Born Broken – The Healing Powers Of Hate

Montreal Metalheads spawn a beast of a debut album.   Over the years, there has been the odd occasion when a debut album has really struck me between the eyes, knocked me to the ground and given a damn good slapping (in the musical sense of course). Here is the …

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High On Fire – Spitting Fire Vol 2

High On Fire - Spitting Fire Live Vol 2

So often in the modern day albums are polished, compressed and horribly over-produced. It is therefore genuinely refreshing to hear Spitting Fire Vol 2. It is the complete antithesis of this terrible trend, the pleasingly sour to the sickly sweet. Recorded across two venues and two nights in Brooklyn, New …

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When Disaster Falls – The First Chapter

  When Disaster Falls is a band from Tilburg, The Netherlands and they have been roaming this city for one and a half years. Now with their upcoming debut EP, “The First Chapter” (a suitable name for a first EP) they want to provide you with a fresh wind of …

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Persian Risk – Once A King

"When I heard this for the first time I was blown away by all the technical composition that's been well spent on producing such a memorable track, lead singer Carl Sentence's voice and style just brings this to a fore in a massive explosion of sound".

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Moritz – SOS

British AOR band Moritz were formed in 1986 before splitting in the early 90s.  In 2007 though the band reformed, and released the album ‘City streets’ in 2008, then in 2010 released the album ‘Undivided’ which got a great reception from the fans.  Now they’ve released a new album – …

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Summers – 364

Southampton band Summers was formed in 2007 by brothers Crash and Ricky Summers.  Unfortunately their bio starts off with one my pet hates – a made up genre.  They claim to play “stadium rock”, which isnt a genre of music but is actually a term used for bands playing arena …

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Tempestora – The Battle Begins

Tempestora is a British Heavy Metal / Thrash Band From Gloucestershire UK. They started writing material under the influence of classic thrash bands such as Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, Testament in 2009. Although Clearly inspired by the speed of Thrash metal, Tempestoras sound relies a lot on being aggressive and technical …

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Goatess – Goatess (Svart)

Goatess arrived on the scene in 2009 from Stockholm and since then there has been a steady buzz building around them. There really is no way to window dress this album, it has taken the Sabbath plagiarism to such a degree that is just sounds ridiculous. The first track “Know …

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Revocation – Revocation

Revocation is a band that I have liked for quite a while. I was looking through the albums to review and this one immediately came to notice. Unfortunately, I have really mixed feelings about this album. After bringing out their single “The Hive” I was a bit neutral about the …

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Orphaned Land – All is One

Once upon a time I was roaming through Youtube  and I stumbled upon Orphaned Land with their song “Sapari” from the album “The Never Ending Way of Orwarrior, 2010”. I loved it and put it on repeat and listened it 30 more times in a row. I was always fond …

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Manegarm – Legions of the North

Sweden consistently produces and exports very fine quality extreme metal, and their Manegarm is no exception. Compared to the band’s previous releases, this one will appeal to a wider audience, both because of the more universal English language, and a greater emphasis on mid-tempo crushers. The songs are very dramatic, …

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